Landmark Commission Honors Palmer House Restoration
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks has awarded The Palmer House Hilton a 2009 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence for the exterior and interior restoration of its 85-year-old building.
Built in the 1920s, the Palmer House is the third hotel to carry the name of real estate magnate and hotelier Potter Palmer. It is an excellent example of early 20th century classic French revival architecture.
In 2005, Thor Equities, LLC of New York City selected Chicago architect Loebl Schlossman & Hackl to create a memorable design that would revitalize the structure’s landmark status and expand the retail opportunities of the building’s location.
The architect led a team that included interior designer ForrestPerkins, Washington, D.C., and restaurant, foodservice and engineering consultants.
Completed in February, 2009, the 1.2-million-sq-ft restoration included the famous State Street retail frontage in the heart of Chicago’s loop, added a new underground parking garage, and revamped numerous lobbies, ballrooms, private dining rooms and 930 guest rooms. It also added themed restaurants and a 10,000-sq-ft fitness center and spa.